The Weight of the Past: Living with History in Mahajanga, Madagascar

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The Sakalava are one of the Malagasy ethnic groups of Madagascar. In this work, Michael Lambek starts from the basis of the mediumship and ritual which is the basis of an ancestral religious cult in Sakalava a cult that survives (controversially in some cases) alongside Christianity and Islam. These religious practices are more than mere religion. They are the site at which Sakalava historical memory, politics, and the economy are developed, generated, and extended. Ultimately, Lambek traces the concentric circles outward ...

The Weight of the Past: Living with History in Mahajanga, Madagascar 2003, Palgrave MacMillan, New York

ISBN-13: 9781403960689

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